It’s hard to resist the flash of fireworks as they light up the sky.

Sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), Honesdale’s annual display draws thousands; but, it costs that, too.


It’s hard to resist the flash of fireworks as they light up the sky.

Sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), Honesdale’s annual display draws thousands; but, it costs that, too.

The 30 to 40 minute show costs about $9,000 and the GHP is coming up short this year.
“We are short probably a little less than $3,000,” said Gail Tucker, executive director of the GHP.
“One of our major contributors from the past just wasn’t able to contribute at all this year, so we had to make that up,” said Tom Fasshauer, fireworks committee member.

Tucker says they start collecting for the annual event each June.

“It’s all donations from local businesses and local community members,” Tucker said.
Involved in the fireworks display the past 14 years, Fasshauer says, “Our philosophy has always been that we want to organize it among the businesses of Honesdale and surrounding area, and not have to lean on the general public, even though a lot of nice folks in the general public donate.”

Optimistic about the money still needed, Tucker said, “Our community is so extremely generous that we feel that we will make up this shortfall.”

Anyone wishing to donate may drop off their contribution at the Greater Honesdale Partnership, located at the Wayne County Visitor’s Center or mail a check, payable to the GHP to: 32 Commercial Street, Suite 3, Honesdale, Pa. 18431. Please put “fireworks” in the memo section
Tucker said she will also gladly accept donations during Sunday night’s event at Honesdale’s Central Park.

A great show
Set for Sunday at dusk, GHP member Dyberry Fireworks will set off the display on Irving Cliff.

“They do an absolutely spectacular job,” Tucker said.

What’s the payback for putting on the show?

“Most of the years I’ve been in the park watching and just to see the enjoyment of the people makes it worthwhile. And I know for a fact most of the parking lots around town are full. There’s so many good places to watch from that makes it kind of unique to this town because they’re shot from a prominent place (Irving Cliff).  It’s a great tradition,” Fasshauer said.

“It’s just a great day of true Americana. The Wayne County Creative Arts Council (WCCAC) provides wonderful music, tons of kids’ games (and) assorted vendors. And everybody is just involved in all of that before the fireworks go off. So, the fireworks are the cap to the evening,” Tucker said.
Games get underway at 4 p.m., with the musical entertainment hitting the stage at 5 p.m.